Financial Assistance

 2021-2022 Financial Aid Application

Types of Aid

The Free and Reduced Price Lunch Program
Your child may be eligible for the free or reduced price Lunch service if you receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), if you care for a foster child, or if your gross household income is at or below that set out in the eligibility guidelines published annually by the Illinois State Board of Education.
Waiver of Instructional Material Fees
Your family may also qualify for a waiver or reduction of District 39 instructional materials fees if your child is eligible for the free/reduced lunch service or if you are otherwise able to establish that you cannot afford to pay these fees.
The Angel Fund
Scholarship funds are available for transportation fees and extracurricular activities including music and athletic programs. Contributions received from individuals, PTA/O units in District 39, and other charitable organizations within the community make this assistance possible. These organizations have long been supportive of programs for children and the funds they contribute are distributed widely among the many requests that are received.
Before and After School Care Fee Assistance
Several agencies and organizations provide help paying for child care expenses to families living in District 39. New Trier Township and Wilmette Park District have scholarship and financial assistance programs for before and after school care costs.


Start by applying for the free/reduced lunch service and/or waiver/reduction of instructional fees. The application is available as a downloadable PDF, or call Nancy Potisuk at 847-512-6030 to request an application. You will need to document your income. Attached to your completed application, please include a copy of last year's income tax form including all schedules/attachments along with W2s and 2 recent paycheck stubs. Applications that are not complete cannot be approved, so be sure to fill out all required information and attach documents to verify total household income. We will be happy to assist you with this process.


Children in households receiving SNAP or TANF benefits, as well as foster children, may qualify for free meals regardless of income. Also, if your total household income is within the limits established on the income chart, your child may qualify for free or reduced price meals.

Applying for Other Types of Aid

New Trier Township and the Wilmette Park District have their own application procedures and may use different criteria to qualify families for scholarships and before/after school care program assistance. The social worker at New Trier Township (847-446-8201) can help you decide what to do next.


Will anyone know we are receiving assistance?
The free/reduced price lunch service and all other financial assistance programs are completely confidential.
How much are reduced price lunches?
The reduced lunch price is $.50 for grades 1-6 and $.75 for grades 7-8. The regular priced lunch costs $3.75 for grades 1-6 and $4.15 for grades 7-8.
If I don't qualify now, may I apply again later?
Yes. You may apply at any time during the school year if your household size goes up, income goes down, or if you receive SNAP or TANF benefits. If you lose your job, your child may qualify to receive free or reduced price meals during the time you are unemployed.
What if I disagree with the decision about my application?
You may call or write the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kari Cremascoli, 615 Locust Road, Wilmette, Illinois 60091, telephone 847-512-6030.
How do I apply for the Angel Fund?
Angel Fund scholarships are granted by the Superintendent of Schools. Call the office at 847-512-6030 for more information.

Important contacts

Wilmette Public Schools District 39
Nancy Potisuk
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
[email protected]

New Trier Township Social Services
739 Elm St.
Winnetka, IL 60093

Wilmette Park District
1200 Wilmette Ave.
Wilmette, IL 60091

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